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Resume Guidelines and Samples
- Keep it brief and to the point (one page is preferred by most employers)
- Make it well structured and thought out
- Use short crisp sentences and action verbs for effective communication
- Use a smooth format so your thoughts flow well from one point to another
- Organize in chronological order with the most recent information first
- Write in the past tense
- Use bond paper
- Always have someone else proofread your resume
RESUME AND REFERENCES
- RESUME STYLE
- Page for average undergraduate degree candidates.
- Two pages for those with considerable experience.
- NEVER over two pages (third page might be separate sheet for references).
- Factual material only ... no editorial comment.
- Concise, data oriented, objective style and wording.
- Focus on action words which describe skills and accomplishments.
- Write in phrases, not sentences, eliminating all extraneous words.
- RESUME LAYOUT AND DESIGN
- Layout on page to look framed like a picture ... one inch margins are minimum on sides, one-half inch is minimum at top.
- Printing should look balanced on page.
- Spacing should assist reader in assimilating your information quickly and easily.
- Use conservative resume paper in colors such as white, cream, or gray. Do not distribute copies on computer or typing paper. Use a heavier bond.
- Speak to your references before listing them, in person if possible.
- Help your references by reminding them of the reasons you feel they can give you good recommendations. When your resume is printed, send each reference a copy so they sound informed when they discuss you with an employer.
- You may describe your references in several ways:
- List them on the resume using a separate sheet by name, title, address, phone, relationship to you.
- State that references are available upon request.
RESUME ACTION VERBS
A - Achieved, Acted, Administered, Advised, Analyzed, Assessed, Assisted, Attained
B - Balanced, Budgeted
C - Calculated, Collected, Communicated, Compiled, Completed, Composed, Conceptualized, Condensed, Conducted, Consolidated, Constructed, Controlled, Converted, Coordinated, Corrected, Created
D - Decreased, Defined, Demonstrated, Designed, Determined, Developed, Directed, Documented ,Drafted
E - Edited, Eliminated, Ensured, Established, Estimated, Evaluated, Examined, Explained
F - Facilitated, Finalized
G - Generated
H - Handled, Headed, Helped
I - Identified, Illustrated, Implemented, Improved, Increased, Influenced, Informed, Initiated, Innovated, Instituted, Instructed, Integrated, Interpreted, Introduced
L - Learned, Lectured, Led
M - Maintained, Managed, Mapped, Marketed, Met, Modified, Monitored
N - Negotiated
O - Observed, Obtained, Operated, Organized
P - Participated, Performed, Planned, Predicted, Prepared, Presented, Processed, Produced, Projected, Proposed, Provided
Q - Qualified, Quantified, Questioned
R - Realized, Received, Recommended, Recorded, Reduced, Reinforced, Reported, Represented, Researched, Resolved, Reviewed
S - Scheduled, Selected, Served, Showed, Simplified, Sketched, Sold, Solved, Staffed, Streamlined, Studied, Submitted, Summarized, Systemized
T - Tabulated, Tested, Transacted
U - Updated
V - Verified